A Nightout With Afropolitans

By Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha | Global Editor At Large | @ChiefKMasimba | February 13, 2014

On a recent Friday, I joined a group of so-called Afropolitans in Washington DC, curious to find out who exactly identified as Afropolitan. I also secretly wanted to find out whether I fit the bill. The gathering was at Rosebar, a Bhuddhist-themed nightclub in the heart of DC, a highly cosmopolitan city. I am aware that labels such as Afropolitan evoke images, fantasies and archetypes which can all be either limiting or liberating but that did not deter my curiosity.

Earlier that week I had responded affirmatively to a call that the organizers put up on Meetup.com, an online social networking portal that facilitates offline group meetings in various localities around the world. That in itself is telling: Afropolitans are supposed to be a tech savvy, hyper-connected, internationally mobile lot, at least in my conceptualization. Continue reading